Here at The Greenbrier Sporting Club, one of the country's best golf communities, Tom Fazio has created one of his finest designs, The Snead. This par 71, 7,025-yard centerpiece of The Sporting Club, named in honor of the longtime Greenbrier golf professional emeritus and American icon Slammin' Sam Snead, is surrounded by three scenic mountains and offers challenging links for the most discriminating golfer.
"The Snead is a fitting tribute to my dad in a place he loved very much and where he truly took his place as golf's ambassador," says the legend's son Jack Snead. "It ensures that his spirit will live on among generations of golfers to come."
The design of The Snead is a refreshing return to the core golf experience. Fairways transition beautifully through natural meadows and rolling forested hills, with layouts that test every skill level. Wall-to-wall bentgrass throughout, The Snead is forgiving off the tee but makes up for it with a defensive greens complex, ripe with false fronts and edges.
Whether sinking putts on the members-only Snead or any of the three resort courses that members have access to - The Old White TPC, The Greenbrier or The Meadows - golfing plays an integral role for Greenbrier Sporting Club members and where better to enjoy the game, then where it all began - in White Sulphur Springs.
The History of The Snead Timeline
After a proper warm-up and preparation choose your set of tees, get the bet right, and prepare yourself for a fabulous Tom Fazio-designed experience.
During WWII, near the location of this lake, the U.S. Army established a POW camp known as Camp Ashford. During this time, The Greenbrier served as a military hospital.
Near this site a grandstand stood for polo matches, horse shows & races. Picture yourself thrilling the crowd with a great tee shot on this demanding par 3!
Before a golf course existed on the property, it was a landing strip and Oscar Tate ran the charter air service for almost forty years. Split the middle of the fairway with your tee shot for a perfect landing.
This stretch of Route 60 is now known as Sam Snead Boulevard. Use the prevailing wind to replicate one of The Slammer's awesome, long drives.
This route connected Norfolk, VA and St. Louis, MO back in the 20's. Have a safe journey and watch out for the wetlands on your second shot.
The stone wall on number seven is obviously a primary feature; however, there is also a Civil War tie to this region as well. Hence, "Stonewall" Jackson, who was a guest at The Greenbrier in the 1850's.
The panoramic view from this set of tees is of Kate's Mountain. The mountain was named after one of the first settler's in this valley, Kate Carpenter.
Why not? There are thirteen sand bunkers on this short par four. From the tee there appears to be many more. Avoid the traps and you'll have an opportunity to score well.
For twenty years, from 1910 to 1930, Thornton Lewis, the President of The Greenbrier, owned this property and he called his horse farm The Meadows.
To the left of the fairway is a lake, camouflaged by a slight uphill tee shot. Avoid the fairway bunkers, as the pond must also be negotiated on the second shot as well.
Don't be distracted by White Rock Mountain, the mountain you are facing with four humps, stay clear of the dangers surrounding this green.
From this point, you are heading back home. Make certain you have your approach the right distance, as this green is not very deep.
In the early 1740's John Howard was the first explorer to follow the tributary on the Greenbrier River and discover what we now call Howard's Creek. The creek will definitely influence how you play this hole.
Names after the famed eighth hole at Royal Troon in Scotland. Both play to a very small green, on a ridge, where wind is likely to play havoc with your tee shot.
The entire mountain range is known as the Appalachians; however, this section is referred to as the Alleghenies. From the Championship Tees, there is an 85-foot change in elevation. What a spectacular view of the surrounding area!
Although a number of Indian tribes hunted in this area, it was the Shawnee who created numerous camps along Howard's Creek.
A fitting finish to this eighteen holes, once again along the creek with The Lodge as a backdrop. There may even be a pair of Swans in your gallery!
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The Greenbrier Sporting Club selected for the following in "The Best of the Mountains" Awards:
The Greenbrier Sporting Club featured in “2009 Resort Community Buyer’s Guide”
America’s Top 100 Golf Communities / GSC ranked in Top 25: #9 of 100
Recognized for the fifth consecutive year as a Premier Property in Golf Communities & one of their “Best of the Best”
“The new astronomy program has held three events so far and each has been very well attended by members of all ages, from 4 and 5 year olds and up. Definitely the most interesting part is when Dave (Buhrman) hooks up the big telescope to the TV…it’s like watching a National Geographic special.” - Jacob Ott, Director of Outdoor Pursuits – Re: Astronomy Program (1.30.2007)
"The Snead course is a fitting tribute to my dad in a place he loved very much and where he truly took his place as golf’s ambassador," said Jack Snead. "It ensures that his spirit will live on among generations of golfers to come." - Jack Snead (4.7.2004)
"In my 30 odd years of designing courses, I have never felt as pleased as I am with The Snead," said Tom Fazio. "The setting couldn't be more beautiful, surrounded by lush meadows and running streams. The Greenbrier is noted for its world-class golf courses, and the one we just finished is no exception." - Tom Fazio (4.7.2004)
“They’ve brought back the lost art of family togetherness.” - Member, Florida (2005)
“There is simply no place like it!” - Member, New Jersey (2005)
“It is an exclusive club with all of the amenities of the hotel but is a resort within a resort.” - Member, West Virginia (2005)
Hop on over and celebrate this spring weekend!
April 18 - 20, 2014